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It was patriarchy on parade today (everyday?) for my spot with Hal. Jill Abramson got fired from the helm of The New York Times this week and she claims it happened after expressing concern about pay equity. She was subsequently called “pushy” and sent packing. There’s a bit of debate about her believability; as Andi Zeisler argues at Bitch Media, the plausibility of her story is enough to cause pause.

Also on the show, Senator Marco Rubio’s latest lip-smacking inane claims. I admit to being excited and immediately texting Hal when I saw he had claimed liberals couldn’t denigrate his climate change denial — which is totes based on science — because we deny the proven science behind life beginning at conception. Seriously. This man is a United States senator.

As usual we expound on the broader implications and cultural commentary. And then Hal misses me saying I had to go, so I abruptly fail to return after the break at the end of the clip. BUT! In two weeks I’ll be in the Chicago studio for the full two hours, so tune in Saturday, May 31 12-2pmEST at WCPT for a solid side-car appearance.

Links to on-air references:

"Like a Boss: Five Reasons Jill Abramson's Firing Matters” by Andi Zeisler for Bitch Media

"Marco Rubio Defends His Climate Denialism With Unscientific Rant On Abortion” by Tara Culp-Ressler via Think Progress

"Rubio Slams Liberals' 'Hypocrisy' On Abortion, Climate Change” by Catherine Thompson via Talking Points Memo

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If you don’t already know, I’m the social media and activism director for The Best of the Left Podcast. I love this gig. I'd known Jay!, the producer/director for several years before working with him, which means I wasn’t surprised to discover he’s great to collaborate with. I find the work really satisfying for a slate of reasons; at the top of the list is the voicemail and commentary section at the end of the show. The regular listeners are smart and engaged and know their shit. Sometimes when less empathetic, tolerant people stumble upon the show, our listeners will handle it and do some regulating based on their personal experiences and educational backgrounds.

Recently, polyamory came up in an analogy on the show. A caller predictably conflated — if not outright confused — it with polygamy, prompting additional conversation. So for the first time, I paused and called in to comment. I’ve been asked a bunch since starting to talk publicly about my non-heteronormativity publicly to write about it. This won’t be the last time; it’s simply a good intro to the topic here and a little groundwork for further posts.

I’m including all of the voicemails and Jay!’s words from the episode with my call. If you want to catch the start, check out the final segment of Best of the Left Podcast, episode #824 Investing in a green future (Climate)” and the final segments of the episodes that follow.

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The easy download/stream as well as the text of my voicemail is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

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